The nonprofit Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that actor and avid angler Dean Cain has agreed to serve as honorary chairperson of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 4-12. Cain will lead the charge to get more American families out on the water this summer.
"Fishing has always been a big part of my life, and I’m having a great time teaching my son, who always looks forward to the next time I take him fishing,” said Cain, who grew up fishing with his father. “I’m honored and happy to help the RBFF get more Americans fishing.”
During National Fishing and Boating Week, hundreds of communities across the country will host events designed to give families the opportunity to enjoy these great pastimes. This national week of celebration was created to address declining fishing participation rates over the past decade.
Cain is best known for his breakthrough role as Superman/Clark Kent in “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” He has since starred in films such as Out of Time opposite Denzel Washington and can next been in the independent film, “Lost.”
"Dean Cain is a widely recognized actor, as well as a devoted father and avid angler. We’re proud to have him serve as honorary chairperson of National Fishing and Boating Week 2005,” said Bruce Matthews, president of RBFF. “He’ll be able to draw on his firsthand experiences to explain how time spent on the water can bring families closer together.”
Since 1991, fishing participation rates have been in a slow decline. In response to this trend, organizations like RBFF have launched a variety of efforts and events such as NFBW, all aimed at stemming the tide. NFBW is also part of Great Outdoors Month, designated by presidential decree as the month of June. During Great Outdoors Month, state and federal agencies and industry organizations are holding family events all across the country designed to get more Americans active in outdoor recreation.
Participation in fishing and boating helps fund the management and conservation of local aquatic environments. The money that comes from fishing licenses and special taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel funds about 83 percent of state fisheries management budgets. These funds ensure that fishery resources are well managed, accessible and conserved for future generations to enjoy.
As honorary chairperson, Cain will conduct interviews with national media outlets to share his fishing experiences and discuss how outdoor activities like fishing and boating can help foster a healthy family life.
Cain owns a 36-acre ranch in Colorado with a fishing pond in the front yard and a river in the backyard. Fishing at the ranch is a family affair with Cain, his father, uncle, nephew, niece and Christopher, Cain’s four-year-old son. Christopher is fascinated with fish and asks his Dad to take him fishing every day they are together at the ranch. Dean speaks with pride when he describes how he hooks them, and his young son reels them in. Dean is already teaching Christopher how to fly fish.
For more information about National Fishing and Boating Week and to get a schedule of fishing and boating events across the U.S., visit takemefishing.org.
About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
The RBFF (www.rbff.org) is a government-funded, nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby increasing public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring America’s aquatic natural resources. Recreational boating and fishing are America’s favorite sporting activities, with more than 50 million people participating every year – that’s more than play golf and tennis combined.